We are a week into the One Room Challenge® already and it’s time for the Week Two update.
Once again, a huge thank you to Linda from Call It Home for hosting the One Room Challenge®.
By now you’re probably familiar with my orange bedroom. If not, let me remind you.
I know what you may be thinking: how in the world did she live with this color since 2008????
Good question! But I just did.
Plus I think I just became “immune” to it.
So task numero uno was getting the room painted. And who was going to paint it? Me??? I think not. Did you see how tall that wall is above??? There’s no way I can paint that. I don’t even own a ladder tall enough for that job. Hubby? No way. He’s busy with working 10 – 12 hours days.
So I asked around and found out about Thumbtack. Have you heard of it? It’s like a Craig’s Lists for hiring someone to do just about anything.
So that’s how I found Derek. Derek agreed to paint the walls for me (which included one coat of primer and two coats of paint) for $200! The ceiling is still in good shape and didn’t need painted and I’ll paint the window trim, doors, and door trim myself to save $$$.
Derek was wonderful. I couldn’t believe how fast he got three coats of paint on these walls in less than 8 hours! It would have taken me weeks!
I chose to use a color called Ivory Dust by Valspar and I love it. It’s a soft, pretty off-white that’s perfect for a bedroom. After all of those years of living with orange I wanted a soft, soothing color.
When Derek was done painting, I just couldn’t get over how much bigger the room looked! Ahhh, the magic of paint!
So what’s next for this room makeover? The furniture.
(By the way, I’m giving away $300 worth of power tools to one lucky reader – enter here!)
Much better, dontcha think? Yup, I painted it. Have you tried that yet? It’s my first attempt at painting upholstered furniture. You can read about how I did it, my tips, and how I feel about it here.
Week Two Progress
THE PLAN (in no particular order):
Get rid of the orange! Farmhouse style bed with headboard and footboard
- Build two side tables to coordinate with bed
- Find two farmhouse style table lamps and a coordinating floor lamp
Paint the upholstered rocking chair
- New bedding
- Build a framed mirror
- Install a faux ship-lap wall behind bed
- Make pretty wall art
- New curtains
- Make “L” shaped window seats and create a reading nook in the “bump out”
- Get rid of a chest of drawers
The goals is to keep this makeover cost under $1,000. So far I have spent $200 Derek (painter) and $212 on the wood for the bed. (Imagine what a solid wood bed with headboard, footboard, and side rails would cost!!! – you could probably add a zero onto the $212!!!)
Disclosure: I was provided with the paint for today’s post by Valspar. Thank you Brian! All words are my own. As always, I only recommend products that I use and love.
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